GlobalWelsh and Clearswift partner to host masterclass
Ten Welsh companies selected to join CEO of global cyber security company
4th January 2019; Cardiff, Wales: GlobalWelsh, Wales’ diaspora network, has partnered with leading global data security company, Clearswift, to host a GlobalWelsh Academy masterclass for ten Welsh cyber security companies to take place on 28th January, at St David’s Hotel in Cardiff Bay.
Welsh-born Heath Davies, CEO of global cyber-security company Clearswift, has invited 18 business leaders from ten Welsh cyber security companies to join him, and members of his executive management team, for an intensive interactive masterclass where they will explore ideas and solutions to their specific growth challenges.
The participating companies were personally selected by Mr Davies, in collaboration with Cyber Wales and the Business Wales’ Accelerated Growth Programme, and include: Pervade Software, Hut Six Security, Awen Collective, WolfBerry, Prizsm Technologies, Fortium Tech, Westgate Cyber Security, Charmwood Risk Management, Cybata and Security Foundry.
John Davies from Cyber Wales commented: “Wales has the fastest growing digital economy outside of London, as well as the largest globally recognised cyber ecosystem in the UK, so we know that there is a huge opportunity here in Wales. It’s fantastic to have a grassroots initiative like GlobalWelsh which can connect companies in the Welsh Cyber Clusters with leading people in industry who can provide a different perspective and bring valuable knowledge to the table.”
Heath Davies left Wales over 30 years ago to pursue opportunities that weren’t available to him within Wales. He went on to carve out an impressive and successful career in technology, previously holding the positions of CEO of Alterian PLC and Sword Group PLC, and now CEO of Clearswift. He has extensive international experience building his businesses across global markets including Europe, North America, Australia, Vietnam, China, India and South Africa. Mr Davies comments:
“I have always looked for ways in which I could give back and GlobalWelsh has given me a platform to do this. Wales is clearly rich in tech talent and has great potential in the cyber security space. I am looking forward to spending time with these companies, listening to their stories, their challenges, and sharing my knowledge and experiences with them.”
Like many successful Welsh people who have left Wales, Mr Davies remains passionate about his roots. GlobalWelsh is helping Welsh businesses forge unique connections and opportunities between those living inside and outside of Wales, which in turn can help strengthen Wales’ business landscape, Walter May, CEO of GlobalWelsh, commented:
“It’s time for Wales to capitalise on the power of its diaspora. One of the ways to do this is by harnessing the wealth of worldly knowledge and experience of expats like Heath with businesses here in Wales. These sorts of opportunities are only available through the cultivation of connections and the building of community networks which is what we’re here to do. I want to thank Heath for his continued support as a Founding Patron and for providing this unique and valuable opportunity.”
GlobalWelsh CIC is Wales’ diaspora network. It’s a grassroots derived, privately funded community organisation driven by a passion for Wales. Its goal is to maximise Wales’ economic potential by connecting the three million Welsh people living outside of Wales with the three million people living inside of Wales. Currently, GlobalWelsh has community members in 42 countries around the globe including Australia, USA, UAE, Brazil, Sweden, Somalia, Serbia, Argentina, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Hong Kong, India and Japan.